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Red wine protects against coronavirus according to a new study. Drinking more than five glasses of red wine a week reduces the risk of infection with COVID-19, which experts say is due to the high content of polyphenols in the drink. But beer and cider increase the chances of contracting the virus by almost 28%. According to the Daily Mail, researchers who drank more than five glasses a week had a 17% lower risk of contracting the virus. Experts believe that this is due to the content of polyphenols, which can stop the action of viruses and infections related to the respiratory tract.

White wine lovers who drank one to four glasses a week had an 8% lower risk of contracting the virus than those who did not. But, on the other hand, the chances of beer and cider lovers getting COVID-19 were 28% higher, no matter how much they drank. Data from the UK Biobank database were analyzed at China’s Shenzhen Kangning Hospital. In February 2021, a study was reported suggesting that the tannic acid contained in grape skins may help suppress COVID-19. A study by the Chinese Medical University in Taiwan, led by Mien-Chie Hung, found that tannic acid can successfully limit the replication of the COVID-19-causing SARS-CoV-2 virus in sick patients. Dr. Hung and his colleagues studied tannic acid along with five other natural compounds to test their effectiveness against viral activity. “Among the six compounds tested (catechin, kaempferol, quercetin, proanthocyanidins, resveratrol and tannic acid), tannic acid alone showed significant activity in inhibiting up to 90% of the enzymatic activity of SARS-CoV-2,” the statement said. a study published in the American Journal of Cancer Research.

The results do not mean that drinking wine can cure patients with COVID-19, the researchers note. But research shows that the wine ingredient can lead to new treatments. “This compound can be used as a medicine to treat COVID-19,” says Dr. Hung. “But further research is needed to test its activity at the cellular and animal levels.” Clinical trials in humans are then needed to test for efficacy and possible side effects. “

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